Report: Red Wings looking to trade trio of players

The Deadline is fast approaching.



The Detroit Red Wings came into their two game series against the Ottawa Senators poised to take the next step in their chase of a Wild Card playoff spot. Unfortunately, they left the Canadian capital city bruised and humbled after two straight losses by a combined 12-3 score. 

The two setbacks not only enabled the Senators to tie and overtake Detroit in the standings (due to head to head matchups), but also dropped the Red Wings five points back of the final Wild Card spot that they occupied as recently as last week following a strong 4-1 road trip. 

And while captain Dylan Larkin was just extended with an eight year contract earlier this afternoon, a new report indicates that GM Steve Yzerman will be looking to part ways with several assets - including Tyler Bertuzzi, Jakub Vrana and potentially Filip Zadina. 

Per TSN: 

"The Detroit Red Wings appear to set their course as sellers ahead of the trade deadline and TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports the team is open to the possibility of moving more than just their pending unrestricted free agents.

The Red Wings suffered another key loss in the playoff race to the Ottawa Senators Tuesday and - amid a three-game skid - have slipped to five points back of the final wild-card spot which they held last week.

Dreger reports that the Red Wings are looking to trade pending UFA Tyler Bertuzzi and forward Jakub Vrana, while winger Filip Zadina could also potentially be traded before Friday's deadline.

"The Red Wings are just recognizing that the arms race in the East is just too rich," Dreger said on Insider Trading. "So they can't allow Bertuzzi to walk in a free agency for nothing. So they're looking to move him they're looking to move [Jakub] Vrana. And they're also talking about the possibility of trading Filip Zadina who is a 23 years old with term, so some interesting things in Detroit."

The NHL Trade Deadline is March 3, and we've already seen a major flurry of activity amongst several clubs. Will Detroit get in on the fun? 

Source: TSN